• Kotn is Perfecting the Art of Consciously Crafted Clothing | Featured Interview
    Business & Optimization

    Kotn is Perfecting the Art of Consciously Crafted Clothing

    Up next in our Interview Series, we’re taking a deep dive into the story behind Kotn, a brand dedicated to providing conscious consumers with high-quality, elevated basics made from authentic Egyptian cotton. Founded on a deep desire for affordable everyday wear, their mission in anchored in two equally important factors. First, a quality material – their signature fibre is grown in only one place in the world, Egypt’s Nile Delta, and is unparalleled in softness and breathability. Second, a minimalist supply chain model, self-described as “farm-to-table, but for your clothes”, which encourages a close relationship with their farming and operation workers and the community beyond. Additionally, Kotn maintains a close tie to their roots, with each purchase…

  • Business & Optimization

    On a Mission to Change the Apparel Industry for Good – an Interview with Pact Clothing

    Introducing our newest Interview Series, where we shine a spotlight on brands and thought leaders doing amazing things in their business and the world. In our first feature, we’re sitting down with Kamie Kennedy, Chief Revenue Officer of Pact. Known for their consciously-made clothing, Pact’s authentically transparent business model inspired us to learn more about the importance of sustainability in fashion. With a focus on certified organic cotton materials and a fair-trade labor approach, their mission is to change the apparel industry for good. We sat down with Kamie to learn more about Pact’s brand origins, their scalable business model and what’s coming up next for this socially-conscious brand. Interested…

  • Business & Optimization

    The Most Important Thing You Can Create In Your Business

    As a creative, one of the most important things you can create is SPACE.⁣⁣Because we love to create, and it is often our zone of genius, it fuels us, motivates us, keeps us inspired, we create, create, create. But that can also lead to too much. ⁣⁣Too much work, too much overwhelm, too much “stuff” – physical, digital, and mental. ⁣⁣Which eventually leads to losing our creative spark. When you find yourself trying and trying to create but things just don’t feel quite “right”. Things don’t feel like your best work. ⁣⁣Which can lead to lack of motivation, lack of productivity, and slipping into an overall “funk”.⁣⁣I have seen this…

  • Business & Optimization,  Lean & Agile

    Why Working Harder and Hustling is NOT the Answer

    There is an obsession and romanticism with hustling and working harder and I call bullshit on it!⁣⁣It isn’t about working harder, doing more, or having to feel like you are hustling every damn day. ⁣⁣✧ It’s about working SMARTER. ⁣⁣✧ Focusing on your highest PRIORITIES. ⁣⁣✧ Doing less things but BETTER. ⁣✧ Being FOCUSED. ⁣⁣✧ Keeping things SIMPLE.⁣⁣✧ Actually FINISHING something instead of just being busy. ⁣⁣✧ Ensuring your are OPTIMIZING everything you are doing.⁣ ✧ Making your business LEAN.⁣ ⁣Do I work hard? Yes! Most people describe me as the hardest working person they know, BUT I have moved past wearing that like a badge of honor. I am…

  • Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Identify Your Sales Goals for Service Based Businesses

    In our last post, we explored how to identify achieve sales goals for businesses with a physical product.  This post is for all of you with service based businesses or those with digital products such as e-courses and workshops. Let’s start by recapping a couple core concepts: The best way to hit your sales goals is to work backwards.  This is true no matter what type of business you have.  Also true no matter what type of business you have is the practice of setting 3 goals: BASE:  How much do you need to make? TARGET: How much do you want to make? STRETCH: How much do you dream of making?…

  • Business & Optimization,  Sales & Marketing,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Achieve Your Sales Goals for Product Based Businesses

    Welcome to Part 2 of the Sales and Scaling Secrets Series.  In Part 1, we looked at how to identify your sales goals for product based businesses.  Goals that are realistic and attainable. In this post, we will explore how to consistently achieve, and eventually surpass, your sales goals. Okay, so now that you know how many products you need to sell to hit your sales goals, you can start to define the sales and marketing strategies to achieve them. The first thing you need to do is look at your analytics. This will give you insight into what’s currently working and where the actions you’ll take should have the biggest…

  • Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Identify Your Sales Goals for Product Based Businesses

    If you are struggling to identify realistic sales goals or to achieve the sales goals that you set, then this post series is for you!  It is the 1st of a multi-post Sales and Scaling Secrets Series on how to identify and achieve your sales goals for product based businesses. I have seen so many business owners use a “wishful thinking” approach to sales.  They arbitrarily set sales goals based on what they feel they “should” be making, as opposed to what they feasibly can make with the current products, systems, and approaches they have in place.  Some will look at last quarter’s results and proclaim that they will do…

  • Business & Optimization

    Feeling Stuck in Your Business? Try These 5 Tips to Get Unblocked

    Ever have one of those days where you feel completely stuck in your business?  Where you feel unmotivated, unfocused, or can’t seem to find the creativity you need to make progress?  Maybe you’re having one those days right now? We’ve all been there!  The good news is that you can get unblocked.  And sometimes end up even more focused, motivated, and inspired creatively.  They key is figuring out which ways work for you. Below are the top 5 ways that I have found to get unblocked and get back to being productive.   1. Complete Something. Finish something.  Anything.  It doesn’t matter what. It doesn’t even have to be business related.…

  • Business & Optimization,  Lean & Agile

    5S Your Workspace – How to Implement Lean Practices In Your Business

    Time = money.  And I guarantee there is hidden time and money within your current business in the form of waste. Also known as muda, waste is the killer of productivity and efficiency.  There are many forms of waste.   For this post, we are going to focus on wasted time, which in turn results in wasted money. How much time do you and your team spend searching for things?  Whether it be physical inventory to pack and ship an order, or digital assets like looking for that perfect picture for Instagram. When you do inventory, does it take you waaayyyyy longer than it should?  Because you can’t find things, or items…

  • Choose a Word of the Year - FashionablyLean
    Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Choose Your Word of the Year + Make It Impactful for Your Business

    Not a big fan of new year’s resolutions?  Same here!  So ditch the resolutions and instead choose a word for the year.  A word, or phrase, that acts as a guide for the actions you take throughout the year in order to achieve your goals for your business and your life.  Consider it your mantra. Learn when and how to choose your word for the year, what to do if a single word feels too limiting, and most importantly, how to make your word more impactful for your business. ✧ ✧ ✧ How to Choose Your Word of the Year   When you choose your word of the year, my advice…